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Stephanie Darling

Go dark for an instant on-trend boost.

Go dark for an instant on-trend boost. Photo: Yuri Hahhalev/thelicensingproject/Snapper Media

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Changing the colour of your nail polish is an easy way to give your autumn look an instant on-trend boost. Our favourite picks from the latest batch of the new dark hues are gunmetal grey, praline and midnight blue.

Luxe to less Chanel Le Vernis in Marinière, $41. OPI Nail Lacquer in Over the Taupe, $20. Paint Nail Lacquer in Amazon Haze, $15.

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This week I try ... ayurvedic enema therapy

The lowdown Two weeks before my three-day "wellness detox", I'm examined, my imbalances are diagnosed, and I'm prescribed tablets to help "loosen the deep-seated toxins". Each treatment day begins with a head-and-shoulder massage and foot bath, followed by a body massage with herbal oils, a steam and a scrub. On the first day, this is followed by an oil-and-herb-based enema that I "hold" for five minutes before excreting. I go home with my only permitted food: pumpkin soup. The next morning I return to repeat the process, but this time it's a more intense, no-holds-barred enema. Day three includes a lovely shirodhara oil treatment and an enema, followed by two more days of pumpkin soup.

Pain factor An explosive feeling from the second enema was really intense before the rather impressive evacuation. I felt quite trippy after each treatment and needed to rest.

Downtime A fair bit: three-hour sessions for three consecutive days.

Results Two days later, I was experiencing astonishing energy levels. Two weeks later, I'm still in the power zone and many people have commented on my clear skin.

Where to get it Sydney: Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, ayurvedic-wellnesscentre.com.au. Cost: $1695. Melbourne: Ayur Clinic, ayurclinic.com.au. Cost: $1695.

CULT FOLLOWING

Influential Amsterdam-born make-up artist Ellis Faas notes that her products are "only tested on supermodels". Each of her creations is crafted with ease of application front of mind. One of our favourites is her eye-colour formula, with its fail-safe brush and pitch-perfect colour. Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes in E105, $49, mecca.com.au.

ASK STEPHANIE

How do I stop the colour fading from my tattooed brows?
Freshly minted brow tattoos need to be kept dry for five days after application to ensure that the colour bonds with the skin, advises brow queen Amy Jean from Eye Couture.

Send beauty questions to stephanie@darlingbeauty.com.au

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